Italy reaches Fed Cup final
PALERMO, Italy -- Roberta Vinci put Italy into the Fed Cup final, beating Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 Monday in a series postponed a day because of rain.
Vinci gave Italy a 3-1 lead in the best-of-five playoff against the defending champion. The match was played before a sparse crowd, with most visiting fans having traveled home Sunday.
Italy will play for the championship in November against Russia, which defeated Slovakia in Sunday's other semifinal.
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